Daniel Fast 2023

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Message Text

Mark 2:13-17

Once again Jesus went out beside the lake. A large crowd came to him, and he began to teach them. As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” Jesus told him, and Levi got up and followed him. While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Message Notes

1. What the someone is currently doing does and doesn’t matter.

Matthew was a traitor in most peoples eyes. Jesus was able to see past what he was doing for a living and see the potential in his ability.

Leaders have to look past a persons current position and be able to identify what they are capable of.

2. Never be afraid to call for the sacrifice.

Jesus said, “Follow Me.” We often say, “No” for people by trying to rationalize if they will follow or not based on what they would have to give up.

Matthew’s profession as a tax collector would have been very lucrative.

Peter and the other disciples left everything they had to follow Christ and people are still doing it today.

Leaders call people to follow Christ.

3. Pulling out potential will require an association before others see the value.

Luke 5 29 Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them. 30 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged totheir sect complained to his disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”

Leaders cannot tell people you see potential in them and then refuse to associate with them.

You’re not willing to pull out potential until your willing to take criticism for it.

4. Leaders associate on purpose.

17 On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Luke 7:36 When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table.

Connect Group Discussion Questions

  1. Have you ever had someone see potential in you?
  2. Have you ever overlooked potential in someone because of what they are currently doing?
  3. Why do we let labels from the past stick to people?
  4. Is it more difficult to ask successful people to follow Christ?
  5. Discuss the idea that potential requires association before results?
  6. Have you ever seen potential but refused to associate?